As we research aspects of the medieval brain, we encounter complications generated by medieval thought and twenty-first century medicine and neurology alike. Our understanding of modern-day neurology, psychiatry, disability studies, and psychology rests on shifting sands. Not only do we struggle with medieval terminology concerning the brain, but we have to connect it with a constantly-moving target of modern understanding. Though we strive to avoid interpreting the past using presentist terms, it is difficult – or impossible – to work independently of the framework of our own modern understanding. This makes research into the medieval brain and ways of thinking both challenging and exciting.
Recent scholarship in water studies has generated several germane streams of new methodological approaches, each relevant to medieval history. This OLH Special Collection will showcase the state of the field for medieval water studies, tease out its salient themes, and demonstrate possible futures for the field. In the last decade, new attention has been paid to the role of water as both a literary metaphor and a cultural reality in the Middle Ages, with exciting results. In The Sea and Medieval Literature (2007), Sebastian Sobecki fruitfully explored how water is used to communicate ‘Englishness’ in various different medieval texts.
Abstracts for our annual meeting in beautiful Hilton Head, SC, are due November 1. The College English Association invites you to join us in exploring the idea of the island. The Sea Pine shell ring, over 15,000 years old, once sheltered Native Americans who occupied Hilton Head seasonally. Gullah and Geechee culture emerged on the island as freed slaves sought sanctuary there at the end of the Civil War. How, then, are islands in literature and film, as in life, places of desperate refuge and welcome escape? What respites do they provide?
Writings from Scotland Before the Union
April 22nd, 2017
University of Dundee
Great Incompletes: Italy’s Unfinished Endeavors
3-4 FEBRUARY 2017
Keynote speaker: Professor Thomas Harrison (UCLA)
'A Quest for Remembrance' : The Descent into the Classical Underworld"
A One-day Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Warwick
Saturday 20th May 2017
Keynote speaker: Professor Edith Hall, King's College London
"μνήσασθαι ἐμεῖο" [remember me]
The 2016 Leonard Boyle Dissertation Prize
The competition for The 2016 Leonard Boyle Dissertation Prize for Medieval Studies is currently open. This prize will be awarded to an outstanding dissertation in any field of medieval studies. The dissertation must be written by a Canadian or by someone resident in Canada. Entries are adjudicated by the Dissertation Prize Committee, a subcommittee of the Canadian Society of Medievalists (CSM). The prize consists of a cash award as well as a membership in the CSM for three years. Members automatically receive copies of the journal Florilegium and the CSM's newsletter “Scrinium.”
Medieval Environments February 25-26, 2017
Evanston, IL USA
Literature abounds with monsters - from the dragons that plague medieval towns to the vampires that rise from nineteenth-century graves to the aliens, cyborgs, and zombies that serve as the basis of our contemporary nightmares. The prevalence of these creatures prompts literary critics to ask why they haunt us. What can we learn from a closer examination of these fictional monsters?